The Best Ways to Research Addiction Treatment Facilities

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No one sets out to develop an addiction which often involves a complex mixture of influential factors that contribute to the risks and ongoing abuse. Recovery is not easy and doesn’t occur simply by remaining abstinent. According to the SAMHSA, it is “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”

Addiction, as we know it, worsens over time and progresses from the positive reinforcement of rewards such as getting high or finding relief to the negative conditions of having to continue in the habit in order to prevent adverse symptoms such as cravings and withdrawals. Finding the right type of addiction treatment the first time can save a lot of heartaches down the road. The following, are some of the best ways to research addiction treatment facilities to make sure you are on the right track.

Be Honest With Yourself

Substance abusers typically have a variety of co-existing medical, psychiatric, and social problems that were either caused by or are exacerbated by their substance dependence. Some of their biggest problems involve the failure to acknowledge the relevancy of their addiction problems as it relates to their health, home, relationships, and purpose in life.

There is a great deal of denial that goes into maintaining an addiction whether it is to hide the abuse or the consequential effects, and even more so, to avoid the process of change. Be honest with yourself. Know that your addiction influences how you think, feel, and act and you will get fewer opportunities to take advantage of choices including the ones that involve your addiction treatment. The sooner you get help, the greater your chances of recovery will be.

Know What to Expect

Recovery is highly personalized based on the individual’s strengths, needs, goals, preferences, culture, and background including traumatic events such as domestic violence or rape and suicide attempts. According to the Institute of Medicine (US), “Regardless of the nature of their conditions, what all people with M/SU problems and illnesses have in common is the hope that when they seek help for their condition, they will receive care that enables them either to eliminate it or to manage it successfully so that they can live happy, productive, and satisfying lives—care that enables them to recover.”

Once a decision is made to seek help, addicts are faced with abundant choices of outpatient and inpatient settings, cost and payment plans, locations, duration, amenities, treatment approaches, medication assistance, and more. The best facilities will provide information on the availability and effectiveness of treatment options and be supportive of decision-making abilities and preferences for your treatment and recovery.

Know What to Look For

For the most part, addiction treatment facilities are tasked with a competitive market to ensure successful outcomes by practicing methods that are effective based on research, assessment findings, and clinical judgment. Facilities that offer the least restrictive care, (generally outpatient programs) may be suitable for first time addiction treatment participants while long term or chronic and heavy abusers may require the more intensified and specialized services of an inpatient or residential facility.

Accreditation, immediate access, qualified staff and support for co-existing medical or psychiatric care, amenities, cleanliness, safety, duration, comfort, family and supportive services, and affordability are some of the most crucial elements of an addiction treatment facility to research. You will want to find an addiction treatment facility that promotes patient-centered care tailored to your unique needs, one that you can commit to for the duration of your treatment process, and one that enhances your recovery motivations through positivity and value.

The Best Ways to Research Addiction Treatment Facilities

There is a vast amount of information available online to compare options, but, the best way to research addiction treatment facilities is to contact the facilities directly. Ask a lot of questions and do your homework, not everything is as it appears to be on the internet and since no-one experiences recovery in the same manner, there is no “one size fits all” for treatment approaches.

You’ll need all the support you can get, so be sure that the facility is up to date in the best treatment practices. To learn about different kinds of treatment and services, including finding an accredited addiction treatment facility, visit the SAMHSA website. You may also get a lot of information for Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) in your area at the SAMHSA OTP Directory. These programs specialize in methadone and buprenorphine treatment programs that are directly authorized and accredited to provide the medication and services that opioid addicts often need to recover.